March, Wildfire Prevention Month

With March generally being the windiest month of the year, the state of Mississippi has declared this Wildfire Prevention Month. That's why attention is being called to the need for extra caution when burning.

Last year, 99 percent of all the fires in Mississippi were caused by humans or were preventable.

"You hear this all the time when you go to a fire. They express, 'I was burning and there wasn't any wind and the wind just came up of a sudden and it just got in the fire and spread'. " said Bill Kitchings of the Mississippi Forestry Commission. "And it doesn't take long for a wildfire to spread and get out of control."

Kitchings says people doing timber or agricultural burns are advised to get a permit from the forestry commission prior to burning.

He reminds residents about the importance of having a water hose, rake and shovel nearby when burning.

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